New product holds the Fort

Security vendor Fortinet has released a new unified security system including access control, designed to tackle both internal and external threats to an enterprise network

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By  Administrator Published  February 1, 2007

Security vendor Fortinet has released a new unified security system including access control, designed to tackle both internal and external threats to an enterprise network.

The FortiGate 224B offers access control without the need for client-based software. The system also included antivirus, firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention (IPS), anti-spam, anti-spyware, web filtering and traffic shaping capabilities.

"With internal threats rising, it is critical that enterprises get smarter about how they lock down their networks from the inside out," said Richard Stiennon, chief marketing officer for Fortinet.

"With combined full-featured LAN security and multi-threat protection of the FortiGate-224B, Fortinet customers will be able to tackle the security and administration challenges that typical NAC (network access control) solutions claim to do - but fail."

On a technical level, the Fortinet product features 4.4Gbit/s layer 2 switch performance, 150 Mbit/s firewall throughput, 24 10/100 switch ports, two 10/10/1000 switch ports and two 10/100 WAN ports. IT managers can configure the product to operate in a ‘strict' mode with all ports initially treating connections as untrusted and quarantine them until instructed otherwise, or ‘dynamic', where connections are trusted, unless the system detects a policy violation - such as a Trojan or virus.

"The convergence of network and security operational functions is well underway. As organizations revisit their networking infrastructure, they are increasingly looking for security functions to be integrated with their networking equipment," said Mike Rothman, president of Security Incite, an analyst company specialising in enterprise security systems.

"Tomorrow's networking fabric will be secure, integrated, and will provide the means to protect systems from attacks originating both externally and internally."

Fortinet says the FortiGate system will be included in the vendor's automatic update system.

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